Shimla: Amid stress on the India-China border, Himachal Pradesh Governor Bandaru Dattatraya has written to Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, suggesting precautionary measures relating to the state’s border areas of Lahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur districts that share boundaries with China.
In a letter, he mentioned these areas are strategically essential as they lie adjoining to China and amidst the stress between China and India, they want extra consideration.
“The state shares more than 260 km boundary with Tibet and China and therefore, we need to be suitably prepared for any eventuality,” he mentioned.
The modes of communication and street transport in these distant border areas of the state ought to be strengthened.
He mentioned at current just one impartial brigade of the Indian Army has been deployed at Pooh and urged that in future the deployment of the military may be elevated to an impartial mountain division.
The Governor mentioned sufficient preparations have to be made to sort out drones from China as and when required.
Dattatraya mentioned there was an pressing want for an airstrip within the Spiti space for immediate deployment of forces within the border areas in case of want and this airstrip would act as a complicated touchdown floor.
“The state police is attempting its greatest and the Superintendents of Police of Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti have visited villages within the border areas and interacted with the folks to construct their confidence and guarantee their security.
“However, comparable steady efforts want to be undertaken by central intelligence companies, the Indian Army and the ITBP to instill a way of safety and confidence among the many folks residing within the border areas,” he mentioned.
The Governor mentioned the Atal tunnel underneath the Rohtang Pass, which connects Manali in Kullu district with Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti district, is probably going to be accomplished quickly.
The commissioning of the tunnel would enable year-round site visitors on the Manali-Leh axis, thereby considerably rising street site visitors.
He mentioned on account of its strategic significance, sufficient preparations for intelligence, safety and upkeep of this axis around the yr want to be made upfront.
He hoped these solutions as soon as applied would strengthen India’s place on the India-China border and would additionally generate confidence among the many native folks.